Jeff Quick currently serves as the Executive Director of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. Jeff is a native of Baxter County, and has served the organization as a volunteer (during his childhood and as a young adult), as a board member (from 2009 to 2011), and as Development Director (from February 2011 to May of 2012).
After spending twelve years in youth ministry for United Methodist Churches in Arkansas and Texas, Jeff returned to Mountain Home and began a career in real estate. He currently serves as the Vice Chairperson of the North Central Board of Realtors and as Chairperson for the organization's Feed Our Children Campaign which has donated approximately 50,000 pounds of food to the Food Bank and their partner hunger relief organizations. In addition to his work with the North Central Board of Realtors, Jeff serves as the Vice Chairperson for the ACCESS Poverty Consortium and is working collaboratively with other community leaders to reduce poverty across our region.
Bridge Bash, the Food Bank's signature fundraising and awareness raising event, was Jeff's vision, providing more than 190,000 meals in its first year. The success of Bridge Bash offered the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas a new level of awareness throughout our nine county service area.
The Food Bank and it's mission of Building Bridges from Hunger to Hope has always been close to my heart. Our organization has a rich heritage of humble servants who have guided and directed our work for the last thirty years. I am humbled by the opportunity to serve our communities in north central Arkansas through my work with the Food Bank. I can't imagine a better organization to be affiliated with.
As we look forward to the future of the Food Bank, we know that there are some 30,000 residents of our region that suffer from food insecurity. We know that the Food Bank should be distributing approximately three million pounds of food annually to meet the need. And more than anything, we know that we can only accomplish this when we work together.
I hope the legacy that I can leave the Food Bank is that during my tenure we can work together to provide the Food Bank the facility needed to meet the needs of our communities, that together we can endow the facilities of the Food Bank in a manner that undergirds its work for decades to come, and most importantly that we can bring hope to the lives of children, youth, adults, and our seniors that suffer from food insecurity.
I've always enjoyed working on projects that are larger than myself. Projects that require me to look beyond myself to my community and my God to be able to succeed. The work of the Food Bank is one of those projects! We have an incredible need in our region. Together, we WILL be able to Build Bridges from Hunger to Hope, and Create Communities without Hunger!